The Colorado Springs Moms Guide to October 2017

Fall has arrived here in Colorado Springs with all of our favorite things! Whether you are in the mood for a Fall Colors Day Trip or a visit to a Craft Fair, our comprehensive 2017 Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado Springs  has you covered. This month is packed with celebrations of all the fun of the season! 

There is always something going on in Colorado Springs, and we want to keep you in the know! Events in this guide are organized by date as well as category to help you find what you are interested in quickly. If you know of any fun family activities, please take a minute to add it to our Community Events Calendar here or let us know in the comments. We will update this guide with new additions as we receive them. Thank you!

October 1-2: Fall Festival at Diana’s Pumpkin Patch | 5-8pm On regular days they have a pumpkin patch, corn bin, hay slide and duck races, and a newly designed corn maze. For their October 1st and 2nd Fall Festival, they will have available old fashioned games such as: sack races, three-legged races, corn toss, duck races and a face painter available on site. They are a working farm and ask that you please follow the parking signs and be respectful of their neighbors when parking and using the farm.Admission is $10 per person and includes a pumpkin while they last; Kids under 5 are free, but does NOT include a pumpkin. 

October 5: Nature Adventures: Scat and Tracks | 9-10:30am Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Reservations required on-line or phone. Limit 24 participants. $3 per participant, including adults and siblings

October 6: First Fridays Art Walk | 5-8pFree and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. To help make your First Friday experience more enjoyable, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is pleased to provide a free shuttle bus service that makes a continuous loop around the city from 5-8 p.m. FREE

October 6: Harvest Moon Storytelling Hike | 6:30-8pm Join us as we celebrate the beautiful Harvest Moon with a family-friendly evening hike and stories about the natural world. Limited space. Prepaid registration required on-line or phone. Ages 3 and up welcome. $4-5

October 7: First Saturday Car Show | 8-10am The First & Main First Saturdays Car Show is in it’s 8th year of operation and runs every first Saturday from May to October. The car show centers around bringing people of Colorado Springs together in a historic, fun-filled, family friendly environment. The event is hosted in the plaza adjacent to Panera Bread in the First & Main Town Center on Cinema Point. FREE

October 7: Wolf Ranch Fall Festival | 11am-5pm The Inaugural  Fall Festival at Stonehaven Park will truly have something for everyone. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hay games, pony rides, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, food trucks, beer garden, chili cook-off and more. The best part, admission is free! Fabulous FALL FUN for the entire family! FREE

October 7: SafeSplash Fall Fest & 2nd Birthday | 2:30pm-5pm Bounce House, Fire Truck, Pumpkin Patch and Painting, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Games, Prizes and more! Come help SafeSplash Swim School celebrate their 2 Year Anniversary and a great Fall season! FREE

October 7: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make a Sprout® Character Canvas, you shop! $2 per child

October 7-8: Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival | 10am-4pm Looking for a way to celebrate the beauty of fall? Bring your family to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry for the annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival. On Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th WMMI will open up the historic 27 acres located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for a celebration of all things fall! The event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, food trucks and craft vendors! The popular Gold Canyon Gunfighters will be back again to wow the crowds. Visitors can witness the operating stamp mill and blacksmith shop as well as hear the roar of the museum’s working steam engines. There will be crafts, fun activities for kids, and face painting! So come to WMMI and get in the spirit of fall! $5

 

October 7-8: Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival | 10am-4pm Looking for a way to celebrate the beauty of fall? Bring your family to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry for the annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival. On Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th WMMI will open up the historic 27 acres located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for a celebration of all things fall! The event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, food trucks and craft vendors! The popular Gold Canyon Gunfighters will be back again to wow the crowds. Visitors can witness the operating stamp mill and blacksmith shop as well as hear the roar of the museum’s working steam engines. There will be crafts, fun activities for kids, and face painting! So come to WMMI and get in the spirit of fall! $5

October 12: Twos and Threes Outdoors: Bats | 9-10:30aShare the joy of your 2 or 3 year-old child’s discovery as he or she enjoys a story and an exploration hike outdoors. $3/person including adults and siblings.

October 12: Kids Craft Day | 10-11am  Join the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum for a fun craft at Whole Foods! FREE

October 14-21: Colorado Springs Science FestivalAt various locations around the city of Colorado Springs, this eight day science festival is a collaboration of national and local science organizations working together to facilitate and enhance science literacy in our region through informal learning experiences. There are events for kids, events for adults and events for all ages at various locations around the city. The event kicks off October 14th at UCCS with the family-friendly Cool Science Carnival Day with free admission and parking. For a full calendar of events, their locations, and any possible fees, please check their website.

October 14: Dig Day! |10am-2pm Can you DIG it? Dig Day is a hands-on opportunity for families to learn about archaeology, mining, geology, and paleontology. Local organizations and universities present educational booths throughout the museum. Also, try your hand at “digging” carnival games! Drop-in to learn something new! FREE

October 14: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make a Vamprina Web of Friendship, you shop! $2 per child

 

October 14-21: Colorado Springs Science FestivalAt various locations around the city of Colorado Springs, this eight day science festival is a collaboration of national and local science organizations working together to facilitate and enhance science literacy in our region through informal learning experiences. There are events for kids, events for adults and events for all ages at various locations around the city. The event kicks off October 14th at UCCS with the family-friendly Cool Science Carnival Day with free admission and parking. For a full calendar of events, their locations, and any possible fees, please check their website.

October 18: Children’s History Hour: Digging the Past |10:30-11:30am What happens when you dig a hole? Will you find a spectacular treasure? We’ll read “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” by Mac Barnett and learn about the archaeologists that dig to learn more about the past. We’ll also search for objects in museum exhibits and pass around unique artifacts and try to figure out the stories they tell! After exploring the musem we’ll create a sand-art craft that helps us learn how different layers of dirt form underground. Suggested for ages 4-8. Donations welcome! Families are encouraged to RSVP online at cspm.org or by calling 719-385-5990. FREE

October 19: Nature Explorers: Venomous, Poisonous, Exciting-ous! | 9-10:30am Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Pre-registration highly recommended. $3 per person, including adults and siblings

October 19: Brownies and Boardgames | 4-5pm Challenge your family or some friends to a couple of rounds of your favorite game. We’ll supply the board games and the treats, you bring the competition! All age levels and skill levels are welcome.

October 20: Museum Free Day | 10am-4pm Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum Free Days are just that, an opportunity for the public to enjoy our galleries free of charge. Museum Free Days are offered the third Friday of each month with hands-on art activities from 10a to 2p in the Smith Family Gallery. FREE

October 20-22, 27-29, 31: Boo at the Zoo | 4-8:30pm Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will come alive with spirit of Halloween when thousands of little superheroes, princesses and pirates attend Boo at the Zoo this October. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time! New in 2017: Reserve your spot and save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Prices start at $17.75

October 21: Waldo Waldo 5K | 7:30amDowntown Colorado springs will be taken over by thousands of Waldos and Wendas in the sixth annual 5K fundraiser. Registration includes a Waldo or Wenda costume and entry in to the 5K. This is a family-friendly event to raise fund for the local community. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome-walkers and strollers too!  For more information please see the event website.  $40 registration fee

October 21-22: Fine Arts and Crafts Market | 9am-4pm The Fine Art & Crafts Market is a fall market in Monument, Colorado, where you’ll be able to shop over 100 unique vendors selling beautiful handmade crafts, fine art, yummy foods, vintage goods, unique market items & so much more. This will be the best one-stop-shop for holiday gifts & personal treasures! We’re excited for our 21st year of this event at Lewis Palmer High School! Admission is $6 for adults, 12 and under free.

October 21: Bats for Beginners | 10-11am Learn how bats use echo location and their critical role in the ecosystem. Join Nancy Prieve, EPC Natural Resources Specialist, to learn all things bat and make a bat craft for the kids. Reservations required on-line or phone. $3-4

October 21: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make a Vamprina Friendship Bracelets, you shop! $2 per child

October 21: Kids Zone at the Money Museum | 10:30am-12pm (ages 4-7), 1:30-3pm (ages 8-12) Even though we make millions of new bills every day, a banknote is a lot like a work of art. Many techniques are used to design a bill and you will learn many of them by “engraving” your own printing plate.Free for children 12 and under. When kids participate in a KidsZone class, their parents are allowed to view and explore the Money Museum exhibits for free!

October 21: Halloween Archery Fun Shoot | 11am-3pm Archery School of the Rockies is hosting a Free Halloween Fun Shoot at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park 3D Archery Range. Trick-or-Treating at Every Archery Station, and Prizes awarded for the best archery themed costume (youth & adult divisions). Raffles! Food Vendors! Learn to Shoot Station! (Donations accepted- all funds raised for Children’s Hospital of Colorado Springs). FREE

October 21: Boo at the Bridge | 4-8pm ‘Mummies’ and Daddies won’t have to Trick their little Ghosts and Goblins to visit Boo at the Bridge. All will have a ‘Spooktacular’ experience to include goodies, entertainment and games. It will be a Treat to have you here. See website for ticket prices

October 20-22, 27-29, 31: Boo at the Zoo | 4-8:30pm Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will come alive with spirit of Halloween when thousands of little superheroes, princesses and pirates attend Boo at the Zoo this October. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time! New in 2017: Reserve your spot and save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Prices start at $17.75

October 21-22: Fine Arts and Crafts Market | 9am-4pm The Fine Art & Crafts Market is a fall market in Monument, Colorado, where you’ll be able to shop over 100 unique vendors selling beautiful handmade crafts, fine art, yummy foods, vintage goods, unique market items & so much more. This will be the best one-stop-shop for holiday gifts & personal treasures! We’re excited for our 21st year of this event at Lewis Palmer High School! Admission is $6 for adults, 12 and under free.

October 26: Little Wonders: Sleepy Trees | 9-10:30am Discover the world of nature with your 2-3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration highly recommended. $3/person including adults and siblings

October 28: Pumpkin Carving Party 9am-12pm  Carve a pumpkin to leave at the nature center to help line the nature trail for the evening Jack-o-Lantern event. Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns and carving tools provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail. Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. Reservations required on-line or phone. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $5

October 28: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make Vampirina Treat Bags, you shop! $2 per child

October 28: Halloween History Hunt| 10am-2pm October would not be complete without Halloween festivities! From 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 28, stop on by the museum for a spooktacular Halloween History Hunt. Pick up a history hunt guide at the Front Desk, explore the exhibits, and enjoy stories and make a creepy crawly craft! Be sure to wear your costume and pick up a treat on your way out! This is an open house style program – Stop by anytime before 1pm to join the fun! Donations welcome! Families are encouraged to RSVP online at cspm.org or by calling 719-385-5990. FREE

October 28: Emma Crawford Coffin Races| 12-3pm Teams of five, one Emma and four runners, push their coffins 195 feet to the finish line. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. There is even a separate fire department division that competes for their own traveling trophy. The event starts off with a parade of all the coffins and teams as well as authentic hearses at 12:00 pm. The parade is followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue. To race, registration are due by Friday October 25th at 5 PM.

October 28: Fall Open House at Coco Crafted| 2-5pm Fall is upon us! Come to Crafted to enjoy fall inspired crafts while sipping cider and nibbling on cookies. Menu of fall inspired crafts available for purchase. FREE

October 28: Halloween Carnival on Ice | 2:30-4:30pm Come dressed in costume and enjoy ice skating, playing games and winning prizes. Face painting will be here to paint arms or faces with a design of your choice. A special prize will be given for the “Best Costume” at 4:00. Skate rental, skating instruction(as needed) and all of the above for only $7.00.

October 28: Jack-o-Lantern Trail | 5:30-7:30pm Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the nature trail, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and other fun along the trail. Wear a costume. If you carved a pumpkin for the trail, you may retrieve it after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $5

October 20-22, 27-29, 31: Boo at the Zoo | 4-8:30pm Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will come alive with spirit of Halloween when thousands of little superheroes, princesses and pirates attend Boo at the Zoo this October. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time! New in 2017: Reserve your spot and save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Prices start at $17.75

October 29: Academy Christian Trunk or Treat | 10-1pm You are welcome to wear a costume and invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this Trunk or Treat Event, at ACC. Bounce houses, lunch, and decorated trunks full of treats included. Admission is one non-perishable food or toiletry item to be donated to Mercy’s Gate.

October 31: Not sure where to take the littles to trick or treat? We have you covered! 2017 Guide to Trick or Treating in Colorado Springs

 

City Rock CLIMBarium Open Gym | Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm This open gym time is for children 5 and under. $6 per child (18 months and under free with paid sibling). 21 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs

PPLD Summer Adventure Programming | June 1-July 31 Click here for a printable calendar of all the amazing fun the libraries have this summer! 

Music and Movement for Two and Three Year Olds | Mondays 10-10:30am (Rockrimmon Library), Tuesdays 10:30-11am (Cheyenne Mountain Library), Wednesdays 9:30-10am, 10:15-10:45am, 11-11:30am (Library 21c), Fridays 10:30-11am (Penrose Library & Ruth Holley Library) Shake those wiggles out and have some fun! This 30-minute program consists of music and movement activities and a story. For two and three-year-old children, with a favorite adult. Due to high attendance, certain branches issue a token to the first 20 FAMILIES, on a first come, first served basis. FREE

Story Times by Day of the Week

Monday 

  • Baby Time at Pikes Peak Library (birth to 12 months)
    • East Library 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am
    • Library 21c 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am
  • Book Break at Pikes Peak Library (quick story time for all ages)
    • East Library 10:30-10:45am
    • Library 21c 10:30-10:45am
    • Monument Library 10:30-10:45am

Tuesday   

  • Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 3 and up)
    • Fountain Library 10:30-11:30am
    • Library 21c 9:30-10am and 10:30-11am
    • Monument Library 10:30-11am and 11:15-11:45am
    • Ruth Holley Library 10:30-11:15am
  • Toddler Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 1-2)
    • East Library 9:30-10am, 10-10:30am and 10:30-11am
    • High Prairie Library 9:30-10am and 10:30-11am
    • Manitou Springs Library 10:30-10:50am
    • Penrose Library 9:30-9:50am and 10:30-10:50am

Wednesday 

  • Book Break at Pikes Peak Library (quick story time for all ages)
    • Monument Library 10:30-10:45am Snuggle Up
  • Storytime at Pikes Peak Library (ages 3 and up)
    • East Library 7-7:30pm
  • Stay and Play Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 2-5)
    • Rockrimmon Library 10:30-11:30am
  • Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 3 and up)
    • East Library 9:30-10am and 10:30-11am
    • Palmer Lake Library 10:30-11am
    • Penrose Library 9:30-10am and 10:30-11am
    • Sand Creek Library 10:30-11:15am
  • Toddler Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 1-2)
    • Cheyenne Mountain Library 10:30-11am
    • Old Colorado City Library 9:30-9:50am and 10:30-10:50am
    • Rockrimmon Library 9:30-9:50am and 10-10:20am
    • Ruth Holley Library 10-10:20am and 10:30-10:50am

Thursday  

  • Baby Time at Pikes Peak Library (birth to 12 months)
    • Fountain Library 10:30-11:30am
  • Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 3 and up)
    • Cheyenne Mountain Library 10:30-11am
    • East Library 9:30-10am and 10:30-11am
    • High Prairie Library 10-10:30am and 10:45-11:15am
    • Manitou Springs Library 10:30-11am
  • Toddler Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 1-2)
    • East Library 9:30-10am, 10-10:30am and 10:30-11am
    • Monument Library 9:30-10am and 10:15-10:45am
    • Old Colorado City Library 9:30-9:50am and 10:30-10:50am

Friday  

  • Story Time at Barnes and Noble
    • Briargate Store 11am
    • Citadel Store 10:30am
  • Book Break at Pikes Peak Library (quick story time for all ages)
    • East Library 10:30-10:45am
    • Library 21c 3-3:15pm
    • Monument Library 10:30-10:45am
  • Stay and Play Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 2-5)
    • Fountain Library 10:30-11:30am
  • Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 3 and up)
    • Rockrimmon Library 10:30-11:30am
    • Old Colorado City Library 10:30-11:15am
  • Toddler Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 1-2)
    • Library 21c 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am and 11-11:30am
    • Palmer Lake Library 10:30-10:55am
    • Sand Creek Library 10:10-10:30am

Saturday   

  • Story Time at Barnes and Noble
    • Briargate Store 11am
    • Citadel Store 10:30am
  • Story Time at Pikes Peak Library (ages 3 and up)
    • East Library 10:30-11am
    • Penrose Library 10:30-11am
    • Ute Pass Library 10:30am-12pm
October 6: First Fridays Art Walk | 5-8pFree and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. To help make your First Friday experience more enjoyable, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is pleased to provide a free shuttle bus service that makes a continuous loop around the city from 5-8 p.m. FREE
 
 October 14-21: Colorado Springs Science FestivalAt various locations around the city of Colorado Springs, this eight day science festival is a collaboration of national and local science organizations working together to facilitate and enhance science literacy in our region through informal learning experiences. There are events for kids, events for adults and events for all ages at various locations around the city. The event kicks off October 14th at UCCS with the family-friendly Cool Science Carnival Day with free admission and parking. For a full calendar of events, their locations, and any possible fees, please check their website.
 
October 20: Museum Free Day | 10am-4pm Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum Free Days are just that, an opportunity for the public to enjoy our galleries free of charge. Museum Free Days are offered the third Friday of each month with hands-on art activities from 10a to 2p in the Smith Family Gallery. FREE
 

October 21: Waldo Waldo 5K | 7:30amDowntown Colorado springs will be taken over by thousands of Waldos and Wendas in the sixth annual 5K fundraiser. Registration includes a Waldo or Wenda costume and entry in to the 5K. This is a family-friendly event to raise fund for the local community. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome-walkers and strollers too!  For more information please see the event website.  $40 registration fee

October 21-22: Fine Arts and Crafts Market | 9am-4pm The Fine Art & Crafts Market is a fall market in Monument, Colorado, where you’ll be able to shop over 100 unique vendors selling beautiful handmade crafts, fine art, yummy foods, vintage goods, unique market items & so much more. This will be the best one-stop-shop for holiday gifts & personal treasures! We’re excited for our 21st year of this event at Lewis Palmer High School! Admission is $6 for adults, 12 and under free.

October 28: Emma Crawford Coffin Races| 12-3pm Teams of five, one Emma and four runners, push their coffins 195 feet to the finish line. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. There is even a separate fire department division that competes for their own traveling trophy. The event starts off with a parade of all the coffins and teams as well as authentic hearses at 12:00 pm. The parade is followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue. To race, registration are due by Friday October 25th at 5 PM.

October 28: Fall Open House at Coco Crafted| 2-5pm Fall is upon us! Come to Crafted to enjoy fall inspired crafts while sipping cider and nibbling on cookies. Menu of fall inspired crafts available for purchase. FREE

 

October 1-2: Fall Festival at Diana’s Pumpkin Patch| 5-8pm On regular days they have a pumpkin patch, corn bin, hay slide and duck races, and a newly designed corn maze. For their October 1st and 2nd Fall Festival, they will have available old fashioned games such as: sack races, three-legged races, corn toss, duck races and a face painter available on site. They are a working farm and ask that you please follow the parking signs and be respectful of their neighbors when parking and using the farm.Admission is $10 per person and includes a pumpkin while they last; Kids under 5 are free, but does NOT include a pumpkin.  

October 6: Harvest Moon Storytelling Hike | 6:30-8pm Join us as we celebrate the beautiful Harvest Moon with a family-friendly evening hike and stories about the natural world. Limited space. Prepaid registration required on-line or phone. Ages 3 and up welcome. $4-5

October 7: First Saturday Car Show | 8-10am The First & Main First Saturdays Car Show is in it’s 8th year of operation and runs every first Saturday from May to October. The car show centers around bringing people of Colorado Springs together in a historic, fun-filled, family friendly environment. The event is hosted in the plaza adjacent to Panera Bread in the First & Main Town Center on Cinema Point. FREE

October 7-8: Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival | 10am-4pm Looking for a way to celebrate the beauty of fall? Bring your family to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry for the annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival. On Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th WMMI will open up the historic 27 acres located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for a celebration of all things fall! The event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, food trucks and craft vendors! The popular Gold Canyon Gunfighters will be back again to wow the crowds. Visitors can witness the operating stamp mill and blacksmith shop as well as hear the roar of the museum’s working steam engines. There will be crafts, fun activities for kids, and face painting! So come to WMMI and get in the spirit of fall! $5

October 14-21: Colorado Springs Science FestivalAt various locations around the city of Colorado Springs, this eight day science festival is a collaboration of national and local science organizations working together to facilitate and enhance science literacy in our region through informal learning experiences. There are events for kids, events for adults and events for all ages at various locations around the city. The event kicks off October 14th at UCCS with the family-friendly Cool Science Carnival Day with free admission and parking. For a full calendar of events, their locations, and any possible fees, please check their website.

October 20-22, 27-29, 31: Boo at the Zoo | 4-8:30pm Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will come alive with spirit of Halloween when thousands of little superheroes, princesses and pirates attend Boo at the Zoo this October. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time! New in 2017: Reserve your spot and save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Prices start at $17.75

October 21: Halloween Archery Fun Shoot | 11am-3pm Archery School of the Rockies is hosting a Free Halloween Fun Shoot at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park 3D Archery Range. Trick-or-Treating at Every Archery Station, and Prizes awarded for the best archery themed costume (youth & adult divisions). Raffles! Food Vendors! Learn to Shoot Station! (Donations accepted- all funds raised for Children’s Hospital of Colorado Springs). FREE

October 21: Boo at the Bridge | 4-8pm ‘Mummies’ and Daddies won’t have to Trick their little Ghosts and Goblins to visit Boo at the Bridge. All will have a ‘Spooktacular’ experience to include goodies, entertainment and games. It will be a Treat to have you here. See website for ticket prices

October 28: Pumpkin Carving Party 9am-12pm  Carve a pumpkin to leave at the nature center to help line the nature trail for the evening Jack-o-Lantern event. Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns and carving tools provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail. Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. Reservations required on-line or phone. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $5

October 28: Halloween History Hunt| 10am-2pm October would not be complete without Halloween festivities! From 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 28, stop on by the museum for a spooktacular Halloween History Hunt. Pick up a history hunt guide at the Front Desk, explore the exhibits, and enjoy stories and make a creepy crawly craft! Be sure to wear your costume and pick up a treat on your way out! This is an open house style program – Stop by anytime before 1pm to join the fun! Donations welcome! Families are encouraged to RSVP online at cspm.org or by calling 719-385-5990. FREE

October 28: Emma Crawford Coffin Races| 12-3pm Teams of five, one Emma and four runners, push their coffins 195 feet to the finish line. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. There is even a separate fire department division that competes for their own traveling trophy. The event starts off with a parade of all the coffins and teams as well as authentic hearses at 12:00 pm. The parade is followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue. To race, registration are due by Friday October 25th at 5 PM.

October 28: Halloween Carnival on Ice | 2:30-4:30pm Come dressed in costume and enjoy ice skating, playing games and winning prizes. Face painting will be here to paint arms or faces with a design of your choice. A special prize will be given for the “Best Costume” at 4:00. Skate rental, skating instruction(as needed) and all of the above for only $7.00.

October 28: Jack-o-Lantern Trail | 5:30-7:30pm Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the nature trail, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and other fun along the trail. Wear a costume. If you carved a pumpkin for the trail, you may retrieve it after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $5

October 29: Academy Christian Trunk or Treat | 10-1pm You are welcome to wear a costume and invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this Trunk or Treat Event, at ACC. Bounce houses, lunch, and decorated trunks full of treats included. Admission is one non-perishable food or toiletry item to be donated to Mercy’s Gate.

October 31: Not sure where to take the littles to trick or treat? We have you covered! 2017 Guide to Trick or Treating in Colorado Springs

 

October 1-2: Fall Festival at Diana’s Pumpkin Patch| 5-8pm On regular days they have a pumpkin patch, corn bin, hay slide and duck races, and a newly designed corn maze. For their October 1st and 2nd Fall Festival, they will have available old fashioned games such as: sack races, three-legged races, corn toss, duck races and a face painter available on site. They are a working farm and ask that you please follow the parking signs and be respectful of their neighbors when parking and using the farm.Admission is $10 per person and includes a pumpkin while they last; Kids under 5 are free, but does NOT include a pumpkin. 

October 5: Nature Adventures: Scat and Tracks | 9-10:30am Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Reservations required on-line or phone. Limit 24 participants. $3 per participant, including adults and siblings

October 6: Harvest Moon Storytelling Hike | 6:30-8pm Join us as we celebrate the beautiful Harvest Moon with a family-friendly evening hike and stories about the natural world. Limited space. Prepaid registration required on-line or phone. Ages 3 and up welcome. $4-5

October 7: First Saturday Car Show | 8-10am The First & Main First Saturdays Car Show is in it’s 8th year of operation and runs every first Saturday from May to October. The car show centers around bringing people of Colorado Springs together in a historic, fun-filled, family friendly environment. The event is hosted in the plaza adjacent to Panera Bread in the First & Main Town Center on Cinema Point. FREE

October 7-8: Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival | 10am-4pm Looking for a way to celebrate the beauty of fall? Bring your family to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry for the annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival. On Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th WMMI will open up the historic 27 acres located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for a celebration of all things fall! The event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, food trucks and craft vendors! The popular Gold Canyon Gunfighters will be back again to wow the crowds. Visitors can witness the operating stamp mill and blacksmith shop as well as hear the roar of the museum’s working steam engines. There will be crafts, fun activities for kids, and face painting! So come to WMMI and get in the spirit of fall! $5

October 12: Twos and Threes Outdoors: Bats | 9-10:30aShare the joy of your 2 or 3 year-old child’s discovery as he or she enjoys a story and an exploration hike outdoors. $3/person including adults and siblings.

October 19: Nature Explorers: Venomous, Poisonous, Exciting-ous! | 9-10:30am Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Pre-registration highly recommended. $3 per person, including adults and siblings

October 20-22, 27-29, 31: Boo at the Zoo | 4-8:30pm Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will come alive with spirit of Halloween when thousands of little superheroes, princesses and pirates attend Boo at the Zoo this October. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time! New in 2017: Reserve your spot and save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Prices start at $17.75

October 21: Bats for Beginners | 10-11am Learn how bats use echo location and their critical role in the ecosystem. Join Nancy Prieve, EPC Natural Resources Specialist, to learn all things bat and make a bat craft for the kids. Reservations required on-line or phone. $3-4

October 21: Halloween Archery Fun Shoot | 11am-3pm Archery School of the Rockies is hosting a Free Halloween Fun Shoot at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park 3D Archery Range. Trick-or-Treating at Every Archery Station, and Prizes awarded for the best archery themed costume (youth & adult divisions). Raffles! Food Vendors! Learn to Shoot Station! (Donations accepted- all funds raised for Children’s Hospital of Colorado Springs). FREE

October 21: Boo at the Bridge | 4-8pm ‘Mummies’ and Daddies won’t have to Trick their little Ghosts and Goblins to visit Boo at the Bridge. All will have a ‘Spooktacular’ experience to include goodies, entertainment and games. It will be a Treat to have you here. See website for ticket prices

October 26: Little Wonders: Sleepy Trees | 9-10:30am Discover the world of nature with your 2-3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration highly recommended. $3/person including adults and siblings

October 28: Pumpkin Carving Party 9am-12pm  Carve a pumpkin to leave at the nature center to help line the nature trail for the evening Jack-o-Lantern event. Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns and carving tools provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail. Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. Reservations required on-line or phone. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $5

October 28: Emma Crawford Coffin Races| 12-3pm Teams of five, one Emma and four runners, push their coffins 195 feet to the finish line. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. There is even a separate fire department division that competes for their own traveling trophy. The event starts off with a parade of all the coffins and teams as well as authentic hearses at 12:00 pm. The parade is followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue. To race, registration are due by Friday October 25th at 5 PM.

October 28: Jack-o-Lantern Trail | 5:30-7:30pm Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the nature trail, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and other fun along the trail. Wear a costume. If you carved a pumpkin for the trail, you may retrieve it after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $5

October 29: Academy Christian Trunk or Treat | 10-1pm You are welcome to wear a costume and invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this Trunk or Treat Event, at ACC. Bounce houses, lunch, and decorated trunks full of treats included. Admission is one non-perishable food or toiletry item to be donated to Mercy’s Gate.

 

October 7: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make a Sprout® Character Canvas, you shop! $2 per child

October 12: Kids Craft Day | 10-11am  Join the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum for a fun craft at Whole Foods! FREE

October 14: Dig Day! |10am-2pm Can you DIG it? Dig Day is a hands-on opportunity for families to learn about archaeology, mining, geology, and paleontology. Local organizations and universities present educational booths throughout the museum. Also, try your hand at “digging” carnival games! Drop-in to learn something new! FREE

October 14: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make a Vamprina Web of Friendship, you shop! $2 per child

October 18: Children’s History Hour: Digging the Past |10:30-11:30am What happens when you dig a hole? Will you find a spectacular treasure? We’ll read “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” by Mac Barnett and learn about the archaeologists that dig to learn more about the past. We’ll also search for objects in museum exhibits and pass around unique artifacts and try to figure out the stories they tell! After exploring the musem we’ll create a sand-art craft that helps us learn how different layers of dirt form underground. Suggested for ages 4-8. Donations welcome! Families are encouraged to RSVP online at cspm.org or by calling 719-385-5990. FREE

October 19: Brownies and Boardgames | 4-5pm Challenge your family or some friends to a couple of rounds of your favorite game. We’ll supply the board games and the treats, you bring the competition! All age levels and skill levels are welcome.

October 20: Museum Free Day | 10am-4pm Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum Free Days are just that, an opportunity for the public to enjoy our galleries free of charge. Museum Free Days are offered the third Friday of each month with hands-on art activities from 10a to 2p in the Smith Family Gallery. FREE

October 21: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make a Vamprina Friendship Bracelets, you shop! $2 per child

October 21: Kids Zone at the Money Museum | 10:30am-12pm (ages 4-7), 1:30-3pm (ages 8-12) Even though we make millions of new bills every day, a banknote is a lot like a work of art. Many techniques are used to design a bill and you will learn many of them by “engraving” your own printing plate.Free for children 12 and under. When kids participate in a KidsZone class, their parents are allowed to view and explore the Money Museum exhibits for free!

October 28: Michael’s Kids Club | 10am-12pm They make Vampirina Treat Bags, you shop! $2 per child

October 28: Halloween History Hunt| 10am-2pm October would not be complete without Halloween festivities! From 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 28, stop on by the museum for a spooktacular Halloween History Hunt. Pick up a history hunt guide at the Front Desk, explore the exhibits, and enjoy stories and make a creepy crawly craft! Be sure to wear your costume and pick up a treat on your way out! This is an open house style program – Stop by anytime before 1pm to join the fun! Donations welcome! Families are encouraged to RSVP online at cspm.org or by calling 719-385-5990. FREE

October 28: Halloween Carnival on Ice | 2:30-4:30pm Come dressed in costume and enjoy ice skating, playing games and winning prizes. Face painting will be here to paint arms or faces with a design of your choice. A special prize will be given for the “Best Costume” at 4:00. Skate rental, skating instruction(as needed) and all of the above for only $7.00.

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